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At Risk June 21, 2007

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posted Thu, 06/21/07

At Risk

Patricia Cornwell

Date: April 3, 2007   —   $7.99   —   Book

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From Publishers Weekly
Cornwell’s latest-a stand-alone thriller that was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine-is likely to disappoint even diehard fans of her bestselling Kay Scarpetta novels (The Body Farm, etc.). This time, the action is set in Boston, where an attractive and ambitious DA, Monique Lamont, seeks to use a new anticrime initiative to propel herself into the governor’s mansion. Lamont plucks her top investigator, Winston Garano, from a special forensics course to probe an obscure cold case, but the detective’s inquiries suggest that his boss may be playing a duplicitous game. The writing, pacing, characterizations and plot are far from Cornwell’s best work, and the solution to the old murder mystery is anticlimactic.
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Review from Batty’s Wife

So not worth it. I’m sorry, I have liked Cornwell in the past, but even her Scarpetta novels aren’t as good as they used to be. The plot is weak, the characters are shallow and instantly forgettable. Motivations are unclear and there is little continuity to the story as a whole.

If you’re an existing Cornwell fan, avoid it. If you’ve never read Cornwell, forget it even exists and go out and buy something a bit older of hers.

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